Over the course of two weeks this July, up to 200 selected Staffordshire students, aged between 14 and 15 (Year 10), will have the opportunity to take part in the Next Engineers: Engineering Experience, immersing themselves in all things engineering whilst also getting a first sense of college life. With access to world-leading expertise and equipment, successful students will complete design challenges inspired by real-world scenarios, building up their own identity as aspiring engineers.

Next Engineers is a 5-year programme, focused on increasing the diversity of young people in engineering, with Staffordshire as one of four global locations.

Engineering Experience, run by our local partner Connectr, has been designed to provide students with the best possible start to life as engineers, allowing them to get involved in the engineering process at the earliest possible stage. It is completely free of charge to all candidates, and those students who are normally eligible for free school meals can also benefit from reimbursed travel costs.

The sessions will take place at Stoke on Trent College’s Cauldron Campus and will run week of the 11th July and the 18th July 2022. Students will be selected to attend one of these weeks, and during the five days there will be trips to the engineering department at Stoke on Trent College and well-known engineering organisations, such as General Electric Stafford.

Garry Warrilow, Lead Manufacturing Engineer at GE Renewable Energy, who supports Engineering Experience for GE Stafford comments: “Addressing the limited exposure for students to engineering is incredibly important and is something our Engineering Experience programme aims to tackle. This opportunity gives students a chance to meet and share experiences with a diverse group of young people. The tasks that have been prepared will be enjoyable and stimulating for budding engineers, with students set to benefit from the guidance of some of the industry’s best and brightest.

With the recent success of Next Engineers: Engineering Discovery & Engineering Academy programmes in Staffordshire, we’re confident our summer programme will inspire the next generation of students to get into engineering.”

All applications for the programme must be submitted by Friday, 20th May 2022. For more information about the Engineering Experience and to sign up, please click here.